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Support Groups

Women’s Groups for 2015

Term 1: Living Free 3 February to 24 March (Tuesdays)
10:30am - 1:00pm.

A group for women who have experienced past abuse. An 8 session program using art and creativity to explore your experience of family violence.Topics covered include:

  • Womens and childrens responses to family violence.
  • Myths and beliefs about family violence.
  • Self Care.
  • Grief and Loss.
  • Anger, Blame and Guilt.
  • Moving Forward.


Term 2: Recognising the Warning Signs – 21 April to 19 May (Tuesdays)
10:30am - 1:00pm.

A group for women who have experienced past abuse. A 5 session program using art and creativity to:

  • Introduce the Shark Cage concept.

  • Explore how you have responded to the warning signs in the past.

  • Build your own strong Shark Cage.

  • Repair and renovate your Shark Cage for the future.


There is no charge to attend any of Doncare's Women's Support Groups. Group leaders are skilled facilitators and therapists. For further information please call 9856 1500 and ask to speak to a Women’s Support Practitioner or email or

What group participants have told us:

“This has been the best group for me.  It has helped me make a new start.”

“I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t found this group.  I was feeling so trapped and hopeless, but now I can make decisions again.”

“I feel like I have re-connected with my children, and they are seeing a new me.”

“I hadn’t realised how scared I was.  I don’t ever want to feel that unsafe again.”

“I just came along out of curiosity, but now I wouldn’t miss it.  It helps me get through my week."